|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Friday, December 14, 2001, 20:06|
I've had this idea for a while, but I'm just wondering what you people
think of it. The main usage is in disambiguating pronouns of identical
number/gender that happen to refer to different things. What would happen
is, the first time a noun is used, the speaker prefixes it with a "tag",
or an "association" prefix. Later, when the speaker uses a pronoun to
refer to this noun, he attaches the same tag to the pronoun.
There are (currently) three tags: ki-, cu-, ro-. Which tag is used depends
totally on the speaker's preference, although generally the order above is
the order the speaker would assign them to nouns.
3biz3t33' taa'rui. kibiz3t30' tww'ma cubiz3tau' t3, ghi' n3 `yb0' d3
b33'l3n3? t3m3. cujhit0' taw'ma t3, mybi'l3n0 fww't3 `ybu ni l3li's
taa'ruu di iso'i. t3m3. robiz3t30' tuw'ma kijhitu' t3, `ybu' bii'l3n0
fww't3 loo'ri is0'i. t3m3.
(Some) women were in the garden. A woman(tag:ki) said to (another)
woman(tag:cu), Where is that boy of mine?? She(tag:cu) answered, I saw no
boy during the time I was coming to (this) garden. (A third) woman(tag:ro)
answered her(tag:ki), I saw a/the boy in the open area earlier.
Notice how the use of tags disambiguates which woman the narrator was
referring to. Neat, huh? (If I do say so myself :-P)
(Full interlinear and grammatical parse available upon request.)
"How are you doing?" "Doing what?"